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Bowl bound Pittsburgh looking to end roller coaster season on high note

  • Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage lines up to throw a pass during their 17-16 win against Syracuse in an NCAA college football game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)

    Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage lines up to throw a pass during their 17-16 win against Syracuse in an NCAA college football game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald, 97, goes after Syracuse's Terrell Hunt, 10, during the team's 17-16 win over Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)

    Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald, 97, goes after Syracuse's Terrell Hunt, 10, during the team's 17-16 win over Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Pirates' K'Waun Williams, left, and Tyler Boyd react after Syracuse failed on a field goal during the last minute of their NCAA college football game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Pittsburgh wn 17-16. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)

    Pittsburgh Pirates' K'Waun Williams, left, and Tyler Boyd react after Syracuse failed on a field goal during the last minute of their NCAA college football game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Pittsburgh wn 17-16. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)  (The Associated Press)

Pittsburgh is heading to a bowl game for a sixth straight season, and the good news for the Panthers is there's almost no chance they'll head back to Birmingham.

Pitt (6-5, 3-4 ACC) has played in the last three BBVA Compass Bowls, with mixed results at best. The school's move to the ACC means they'll play somewhere else this time around, though the Panthers know they can make their destination a little more exotic with a victory over Miami (8-3, 4-3) on Friday.

It has been an up and down season for Pitt, where solid wins have been met with befuddling losses. Senior offensive lineman Ryan Schlieper says there's a big difference between finishing a season 6-6 and finishing it 7-5 with wins over Notre Dame and Miami.